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welcome back. resuming our coverage of the boston attacks now with more details about tamerlan tsarnaev. >> he was killed in a shootout with police early last friday morning. since then information about his life has been trickling out. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: federal authorities were searching behind a cambridge drugstore in an area where the brothers' father used to repair cars, looking for possible explosives or where the bombs were made. there is no evidence of a continuing threat. the fbi wants to question
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tamerlan's wife, seen over the weekend leaving the family apartment. a rhode island native, she converted to islam and changed her name from catherine to karina. because she lived in the same cambridge apartment where authorities believe the two brothers hatched their plot, she could provide clues about whether others were involved. her family issued a statement saying, we know that we never really knew tamerlan tsarnaev. and now there is a possible link to a murder two years ago. local prosecutors said they're investigating whether tamerlan was involved in the brutal murder of three young men, one of whom was his roommate. the three were found with their throats slashed, covered in marijuana and cash. also under investigation, the six-month trip that tamerlan took last year to russia at a time that rebel groups there carried out a number of violent attacks. as abc's reporter discovered in the dagestan region. >> last year alone dagestan lost
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300 police officers in terror attacks. this street last year was obliterated by a car bomb. >> reporter: investigators want to know if tamerlan met with any of the extremist leaders. tamerlan was a changed man when he returned to the u.s., swearing off tobacco, alcohol, linking to extremist jihadist videos saying, i don't have any american friends. i don't understand them. a neighbor said he expressed anger about america and christianity. >> he said the bible is cheap copy of the koran. he said most american wars are excused with the bible. >> reporter: the mother of the two brothers told abc news from russia that tamerlan was always the leader of her two boys and that after the bombing, he called her to say, everything is okay. thanks to allah. authorities say the initial assessment now is this is not something ordered from chechnya or al qaeda, more the twisted thinking of a radicalized young man whose only real help was his younger brother. brian ross, abc news, boston.
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>> there's also word from the mosque that the older brother went to the boston area where he had outbursts at least two times during sermons, which considered unthinkable that you would pipe out during a sermon, disrespectful. twice he had incidents at his own mosque. >> that's right. i think we are going to circle back to his six-month trip to russia, because apparently even russian intelligence told the fbi, we're a little concerned about this guy. the fbi questioned him, questioned neighbors, determined he was no threat and no follow-up needed. they essentially dropped the ball. they diplomat even know he had gone back to russia for the six-month trip because his name was misspelled in the flight manifest. which means they really lost
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tabs on him and then this falls on their lap essentially. >> so many questions. the triple-murder a few years ago of his roommate. fascinating stuff. >> right. a triple-murder. three people dead. the details of that just now emerging. nobody has been caught. now they're trying to link or say it may be linked to him. >> we shall see. >> up next, we will try to lighten the mood a little bit. i can't say the word. going to tell you about a hot new internet star. >> yeah, she doesn't sing. doesn't dance. keeps her clothes on. what's up with that? she has millions of twitter followers and billions or one million any way, views on youtube. jenna marble said her popularity is, quote, ridiculous. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ when i grow up i want to be famous i want to be a star ♪ all right. welcome back, everyone. here's an admission for you. when we considered putting this next story on the air, a few staff member, myself included, i can admit it, had no idea who
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the subject of this next story was. >> suffice to say they were the older people in the house. younger folks, some of them knew about jenna marbles. thanks to abc's cecelia vega, you do too. >> reporter: she might just be the most famous person you've never heard of. >> i'm going to tell you what i've been doing lately. >> reporter: meet jenna marbles. at 26, jenna has more than 1 billion, billion with a b, youtube followers. more facebook fans than jennifer lawrence. more instagram fans than oprah. and all for making videos about, well, nothing. >> now you're a land shark. >> reporter: this was her very first video. >> how to trick people into thinking you are really good looking. >> reporter: it went viral. 1 million views in one weekend. what is it like watching the numbers climb, climb, climb. >> it is crazy. >> reporter: once a week she makes a new video on everything from how to put on makeup while you're drunk to a day in the life of jenna.
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♪ in the shower in the shower >> reporter: i wish i was counting the amount of times you use the word ridiculous in this interview. >> ridiculous. ridiculous. ridiculous. ridiculous. >> reporter: is that your take away from what you put out there? >> well, i mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. it's ridiculous that people watch it. what i put out on the internet is ridiculous. yeah. >> reporter: her fans love it. they are, after all, mostly teens. some even younger. >> she is the best video person in the word. >> reporter: some parents don't think so. they complain about all that talk of sex, the drinking. >> ah. >> reporter: and the language. >> i bleached the absolute [ bleep ] out of my hair. really a [ bleep ] weirdo. do you know what is on the internet? this is like baby stuff. >> reporter: you think you deserve to have as many fans as you do? >> the amount of people that have found it entertaining is ridiculous. >> reporter: cecelia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> ridiculous.
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i have never seen her either. >> i have no idea what to do with that. >> i have to ask my 9-year-old if she knows about all of this. >> ms. marbles. >> my 9-year-old says epic, not ridiculous. >> maybe if i were 14. i would get it. >> listen, she's going to have a tv show before it's all over. with a billion views? >> we are in the wrong industry. let's start making youtube videos. >> let's do it. t's start making youtube videos. >> let's do it. the grand canyon cactus flower
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team. in fact, he matches someone. they asked him to donate. he says, yes, he will donate, which means he won't be able to finish the track season. he will undergo the procedure at mass general in boston. won't lift anything over 20 pound. he will forfeit the remainder of his collegiate career to help someone out who matches. >> that is incredible. >> how about that? good for him. >> god will bless him. good for him. this is a very important anniversary in case you didn't know. eighth anniversary of youtube. >> really? eight years ago. >> eight years ago this guy right here. >> the first one. >> the first one, yakov, at san diego zoo. he says, meet me at the zoo. couple other things will elephants. the first youtube video ever, ever. >> the neil armstrong of youtube? >> yes, first man on youtube. there you go. >> eight years ago. >> eight years ago today.
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and also, we have a really interesting -- every once in a while someone will upload a video of someone who has just come out of the dentist and a little disoriented. this is the latest one. this is hannah who happens to think that she is a more famous hannah. >> i told you i was hannah montana. >> my hannah banana? you're hannah montana. >> yeah. >> okay. you're the singer? okay. >> she's clearly -- >> she's crying -- >> she is hannah montana. her name is hannah. she is trying to convince her mother she is hannah montana. her mom is trying to tell her, no, you're my hannah banana. >> she goes on to say i don't want to deal with the paparazzi outside. >> got to love it. >> if you remember, there were a couple more -- >> the kid in the backseat of the car. >> backseat of the car.
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this morning on "world news now" -- plot foiled. police in canada say they have this morning on "world news now" -- plot foiled. police in canada say they have stopped a plan by two men backed by al qaeda to blow up passenger trains. >> the latest on the investigation into the bombings in boston. the surviving suspect is opening up. we'll tell you about some new details he is providing about the attack. plus, a long winter becomes a soggy spring. communities in the midwest dealing with devastating and deadly floods. we'll show you how homeowners are doing battling mother nature.
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and disgraced democrat whose sexting scandal cost him his congressional seat. he has taken to twitter once again. what anthony weiner is using his 140 characters to say this time. it's tuesday, april 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. we are going to begin with terror stopped in its tracks. two men are under arrest accused of taking aim at train passengers. >> the suspects were picked up in canada and officials say they have been linked to al qaeda in iran. abc's pierre thomas has the very latest. >> reporter: the deadly plot to derail a busy passenger train en route from new york to toronto. murdering hundreds. >> had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured. >> reporter: the target, an amtrak passenger line that partners with canada's via rail. thousands of people use the targeted route from new york's
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penn station to toronto every year. and the service crosses one of the most spectacular bridges in north america. sources tell abc news the plan involved planting bombs to blow up tracks and derail the trains. >> by derailing a train they were actually -- we were looking at a real threat to kill people, hurt people. >> reporter: the two arrested suspects had allegedly begun surveillance of trains in the toronto area, but authorities had been watching them since august of last year and the plot was disrupted before it became operational. here is one of the suspects in handcuffs, escorted by police. and an unexpected twist. canadian authorities claim there is a link to al qaeda in iran. >> the significance of this investigation was that it involved domestic plan, domestic attack planning being supported by al qaeda. >> reporter: it's part of al qaeda's playbook. documents obtained from osama bin laden's secret compound revealed he had been urging followers to derail a train in the u.s. to kill passengers.
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so far there is no indication this plot is tied to boston. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. now to the boston bombing case. a major step in the long legal journey involving suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> the 19-year-old charged with a federal crime, which brings the ultimate punishment. abc's marci gonzalez joining us this morning from boston with more. marci. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. we learned at his bedside arraignment, the suspect said just one word. when asked if he could afford an attorney, he replied no. among the charges, 19-year-old suspect, dzhokhar tsarnaev faces one count of using a weapon of mass destruction. which carries a potential maximum sentence of death. we've learned despite the injury to his neck, he is cooperating with investigators, writing his answers to at least some of their questions. sources tell abc news, among the details he has provided is that he and his brother learned how to make bombs from the internet. >> it was his brother, the
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primary motivating force for him to become radicalized. why did they end up doing what they did on that day? >> reporter: much of the investigation is still focused on his deceased 26-year-old brother tamerlan. examining his life, his recent trip back to russia, as some question if the fbi did enough to monitor him after they questioned him two years ago. >> they investigated it thoroughly and did not find terrorist activity domestic or foreign. >> reporter: the street where two bombs killed three people and injured more than 200 others is handed over from the fbi to the city of boston for the ongoing investigation, the city and much of the nation paused for a moment of silence, held at 2:50 yesterday afternoon, marking the exact time the bombs went off near the finish line of the boston marathon one week ago. we are told that tsarnaev will not be tried as enemy combatant. instead he will eventually stand trial in federal court because he is an american citizen. john, diana. >> marci gonzalez, thank you.
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we are learning more about tamerlan and his dissatisfaction with main stream religion. three months ago during a visit to the mosque, he shouted out after a speaker compared mohamed with martin luther king jr. in an interview with abc news, the mosque spokesman ali, explains how the congregation reacted. >> they just straight up shouted at him that, you need to leave. so he stepped out of the sermon and after the sermon was finished and prayers were done, some of the leaders of the center sat down with him and said, listen, you have a clear choice. either you're silent, you know, from now on during the sermons or you're not going to be welcome here. >> he adds in another mosque outburst from tamerlan he loudly objected when a speaker said it was appropriate to celebrate thanksgiving the same way one would celebrate the birthday of the prophet. vice president joe biden will attend a memorial service for m.i.t. officer sean collier
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in boston. 48 survivors are recovering in the hospital, two in critical condition. everyone is expected to survive. among those in critical condition is transit officer wounded in last week's shooting. first responders who jumped into action after the boston marathon bombings are receiving tokens of appreciation from around the country, mostly in the form of pizza. companies and ordinary people donating pizza and other food through the website, randomactsofpizza.com. everything is being delivered to boston area police. fbi agents, doctors, nurses. all to say thank you for a job well done. that's pretty much how they reward us in the newsroom as well, pizza. and we don't mind. >> we don't mind. it was kind of a curse last week. we got pizza for the west texas explosion. and then friday happened. >> next time we see pizza. we better hold on to our seats. >> run in the opposite direction. we don't want anything to do with pizza for sure. not for the next couple months. just touching on boston for a moment, on top of the pizza
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there's also this -- the one fund boston which has been created. it was set up yesterday. it's essentially a place where people can donate money because everybody wants to help out. the governor has said in moments like this we are one state, one city, one people. mayor menino, the mayor of boston, said within an hour of the fund being set up there was an outpouring of people. >> $1 million donation from john hancock. everybody followed suit. that's great. >> it really is. >> city of boston trying to get back to normal today, so a lot of -- hopefully boylston street can hopefully reopen later this week, packages back. >> everybody wants to get back to normal. >> five people have died following a shooting at an apartment complex near seattle. police say a man shot his living girlfriend to death and killed three men including a neighbor who told others to call 911. the 28-year-old suspect was shot and killed in a parking lot by responding police officers. legendary singer richie havens has dpid more than four
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decades after he captivated crowds at woodstock. diana remembers, she was there. at the 1969 festival, ended up singing, playing guitar for three hours separate because the next act hadn't shown up. the best thing that ever happened. havens released 25 albums including the breakthrough "mixed bag." died of a heart attack. richie havens was 72 years old. >> little known fact. little folklore. don't quote me. apparently, that song "extra time" ad-libbed. >> yeah, right. he was just in the zone, right? >> just in the zone. he had all this time to essentially soak up because the next act never showed up so he just kind of went out there and -- >> where did you get that factoid? that's a good one. >> maybe i watch a little television every once in a while. that isn't abc. >> have you seen the documentary woodstock. if you haven't you should check it out. >> i have. that's how i want to woodstock. >> me too. however, i was 3, so i was on the planet. concert-goers in argentina got an unexpected treat as they
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gathered in the middle of the night to watch a local band. >> as the band performed at an outdoor venue, they were interrupted by an unplanned, light show. a spectacular streak of light believed to be a meteor, the colorful fire ball lit up the night sky. there are reports it was seen 250 miles away. >> what's the deal with meteors lately? i mean, wow. you know what it is? it is everybody has a camera these days. they've always been there, now everybody has a camera. >> you said that would be cool album cover. >> smoke on the water. fire in the sky. classic rock 'n' roll theme we have got going. >> perfect. perfect. a mess in the midwest. >> the snow has finally melted. in many places that is no welcome sight. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. hey, it's sara. i'm going pro.
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all right. for the next story, remember there are reasons why the masters golf tournament is for the next story, there are reasons the masters golf tournament is played at augusta national golf club in georgia and not the gross national club in minneapolis. the simple reason of course, this year is the snow. it is april 23rd and most of gross national is still covered. groundkeepers say even after the last of the snow is gone it could be weeks, because the greens and fairways have to dry out.
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>> south of there, plenty of rain and melting snow are adding to flooding fears across the midwest. rain is in the forecast again today from wisconsin to missouri. towns along already flooded waterways, that is nothing but bad news. abc's alex perez is in flood zones. >> reporter: streets turned to rivers. canoes, kayaks the only way around as water rose higher and higher. even the fish sought refuge. spring in the midwest has given way to an all-out race against time to sandbag and hold the rising rivers. three people have been killed. as cars were swept away by raging floodwaters. one indiana county saw 11 emergency rescues in a single night. here in clarksville, missouri, the water is as high as the stop signs in some areas. they have been working round the clock using sandbags to build a fortress around the town. more than 500 people, even inmates, volunteering in the town of just 477 to keep the water out. >> this might be the end. but we're going to fight like crazy to keep that from happening.
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>> reporter: and for the most part the sandbags have kept most of the town dry. but the mayor says this battle isn't over. >> businesses are already closed. and it will be a long time before we totally recover. >> reporter: and the forecast, the next 48 hours is ominous. more heavy rains. bracing for it, grand rapids, michigan, where at times boats outnumbered cars. and a state of emergency is already in effect. and more misery expected in peoria, illinois, where floot water floodwaters have caused landslides and damaged homes. and even when the rain ends, there is still the threat of more water from melting snow. alex perez, abc news, clarksville, missouri. >> heartbreaking. heartbreaking stuff. >> yeah, the sandbags, even the volunteers and prison inmates have been putting up. it's 6,000 tons of sand and gravel. we're talking about a lot of material. they're hopeful it is going to hold all that walter. >> meteorologists are saying it
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might be a good thing that the snow is melting slowly this year. >> that's right. >> because it is sort of letting the rivers thin out a little bit. if it all melts at once, god forbid, right. >> they have enough water to deal with. could you imagine more water from up north coming done to flood them even more. good luck to them for sure. coming up next, anthony weiner takes to twitter again. and the fallout from
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> welcome to "the skinny," time to welcome somebody lost in the world of twitter if you know what i mean. >> maybe for a good thing. >> for a very good thing. anthony weiner back on twitter, this is the new york congressman who lost his congressional seat back in 2011 because he was
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sending some questionable tweets to some female twitter followers. there he is. his tweeted his tweets though were -- of him semi naked if you will. so anyway he is now eyeing a run for the mayor of new york. he has rejoined twitter. this happened monday. he has a new handle which is @anthonyweiner. and he is very -- and his tweets are decidedly unsexy, as we've said. >> probably a good idea. >> he tweeted a link to his publication, keys to the city, 64 ideas to keep new york the capital of the middle class. trying to make a break from repweiner. the name when he tweeted the questionable pictures. clean break from that. his old account had 67,000 followers. his new account, getting steam. 3,000 so far. so, if you want to hear from anthony weiner, follow his new twitter. >> i am new to twitter. i don't know how to attach a picture. maybe you can show me that
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later. note to self, no topless photos of john on twitter. >> lesson number one. from anthony weiner. >> and no twittering when under the influence. >> correct, also. >> segues into the next story. reese witherspoon, canceled appearances on "gma" and also "jimmy fallon," obviously this follows what happened on friday. unfortunate moment for her and her husband. she got disorderly conduct arrest. and her husband, driving under the influence. she was not pleased her husband got pulled over. police pulled over her husband. she kept getting out of the car allegedly. that's when they arrested her. an interesting move. you know, you are embarrassed. don't want to talk about it. everybody loves somebody. she said a good statement. she apologized profusely said all the right things in the statement. so you wonder if maybe she should go on the talk shows. let everybody have their laugh. and just say, i blew it, like she said in her statement. >> i blew it. it's going to be the first
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question of your interview, then you get to talk about all your movies anyway. go out there. everybody loves her any way. sweetheart of america. >> god bless "gma" if i was in the shoes i would go on the comedic show. at least you know -- they're going to laugh at you, as opposed to what were you thinking? that's more embarrassing. >> you are right. speaking of embarrassing -- kind of a little bit -- khloe kardashian fired from the "x factor." she was a co-host. anyway, 28-year-old reality star is not returning for season three. mario lopez, the two of them together, he will be back. fox producers said in a statement, she will not be returning as co-host. we really enjoyed working with her. wish her the best in the future. john, you watch. i do not. you might be able to attest to this. apparently, her lack of training showed on the show. she appeared nervous, little unprepared, what to do with live television. >> listen to me -- i thought some of the wardrobe choices were a little questionable.
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and removes stains so they don't come back. trust resolve. forget stains. finally this half-hour, a story of inspiration stemming from the violence in boston. finally this half hour, a story of inspiration stemming from the violence in boston. that's what makes this our "favorite story of the day." >> it involves a woman who lost part of her leg but none of her spirit. abc's gio benitez spoke with her. >> reporter: a smiling dancer graces the cover of "the boston
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herald" with her husband, a u.s. airman just back from afghanistan. adrianne haslet-davis and her husband adam were at the boston marathon watching from the sidelines when the bombs went off. >> they got up and then i said, wait, my foot hurts. he held up my foot and we both screamed bloody murder. i didn't feel heat from it. i just felt air and then i fell to the ground. >> reporter: the blast had torn off adrianne's foot. it's a huge loss for this ball room dance instructor at arthur murray studios, but she hasn't lost her spirit. >> it's very sad. i absolutely want to dance again. >> reporter: this doctor says modern prosthetic technology is so advanced, she will. so, doctor, a lot of victims are telling me, you know what, i will walk again. they can? >> they can. if they were walking before they had their amputation, we can
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have them walk again. much depends on the level of their amputation. and all of it depends on what their goals and objectives are. >> reporter: and we have seen just how impressive these prosthetics can be. our own diane sawyer, interviewed amy mullens, both her legs amputated as a young girl. she later not only competed in the paralympics, and became a model. whether dancing or running, the doctor says, modern prosthetic technology is so advanced, adrianne will get back on that dance floor. >> i just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that may seem like the end of the world and come out stronger. >> reporter: this dancer is determined, like the rest of the city, to get back on her feet again. gio benitez, abc news, boston. >> hers is just one of the many stories i know we are going to continue to hear about what happened in boston.
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and she says, next year, not only will she be dancing, she's going to run the boston marathon. >> not only that, she's never run a marathon. she doesn't consider herself a runner. can you imagine?
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good morning. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller. here are the tes we good morning. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller. here are the top headlines we are following this morning on "world news now" -- n moving forward. the city of boston prepares to transform a crime scene into a thriving neighborhood once again. this is the bombing suspect, reveals details of the attack to investigators. plus, a terror plot shut down. investigators say they stopped a plan to blow up passenger trains
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and they say the suspects were backed by al qaeda. also this morning, a brave little boy's terrifying encounter with the wild. a misstep puts him in the grip of a gator until his father game to the rescue. lost and found, a young man's most important possession. his final memory of his father gone in an unfamiliar city. how some determined airline workers scrambled to give him back the comfort of home. those are just some of the stories we're following on this tuesday, april 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. truly an inspirational story. >> the little boy's blanket, yeah. his father is gone. all he had left. his comfort. >> now he gets it. >> he lost it and got it back. it is a great one. we'll have it in a little bit. all right. it is the time of year that you should be shedding those winter clothes and enjoying spring sunshine. >> sounds like a plan, but that is not the case for many americans especially in the midwest. chilly temperatures and record rain are making life miserable. at fox lake, illinois where
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chicagoans have vacation homes, all the folks there can see is just water and sandbags. forecasters say swollen rivers in the area aren't expected to recede for several more days. >> in clarksville, missouri, where there are no flood walls or levees, forecast of more heavy rain isn't helping. flooding is as high as street signs in some spots. volunteers are stacking sandbags as fast as they can, but it may be a losing battle. >> businesses are already closed. it will be a long time before we totally recover. >> at least three people are known to have died in the latest round of flooding. >> what these people really need to know is how much longer they'll be inundated by rain and flooding. accuweather's jim dickey has some answers. >> good morning, john, diana. tracking a cold front. pushing eastward, seeing soaking rainfall this morning across portions of the midwest. and snow in the ohio valley, and snow in the twin cities, into wisconsin. back on into denver. good news is the snow does wind down but not before many spots have picked up as much as 6 to
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12 inches of snow, twin cities area up into canada. this is while we are seeing soaking rainfall here. many of the spots. river levels fall from record levels. flash flooding, major concern where the rain is falling. but all of the rain, all of the floodwater continues to filter down the mississippi. many spots southward still watching the rivers rise. widespread major flooding ongoing here through the week. john and diana, back to you. >> jim, thank you. to boston now where top officials have kicked off fund raidsing. efforts for the victims of the marathon bombing. >> that's right. the one fund boston has already gotten $1 million commitment from the john hancock insurance company. you can see the number one prominently on the prudential center building in boston. as for the bombing suspect, he has been charged with a federal crime. abc's marci gonzalez is joining us with more. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. after the charges were filed, the fbi called this a successful end to a tragic week. a night of remembrance.
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the boston university community celebrating the life of 23-year-old graduate student lingzi lu. one of the three people killed in the boston marathon bombings one week ago. and the teenager accused of plotting and carrying out the deadly attack learned he may now face the death penalty. the federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction, read to him at his hospital bedside. an hour later at 2:50 p.m., a moment of silence, marking the time the bombs went off near the finish line of the boston marathon exactly one week ago. this scene along boylston street ceremoniously handed over from the fbi to the city of boston to continue the investigation. the search for an explanation ongoing as the fbi questions, 19-year-old suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev hospitalized, wounded
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in the neck, but writing some answers. >> was his brother the primary motivating force for him to become radicalized? why did they end up doing what they did on that particular day? >> reporter: much of the investigation is still focused on his deceased 26-year-old brother tamerlan, examining his life, his recent trip back to russia, as some questioned whether the fbi did enough to monitor him after they questioned him two years ago. >> they investigated it thoroughly and did not find terroristic activity, domestic or foreign. >> reporter: we are told tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant. instead he will stand trial in federal court because he is an american citizen. john, diana. >> marci, thank you. as part of their investigation into tamerlan's past, fbi agents want to question his widow. catherine russell said she had no idea her husband was plotting to bomb the marathon. russell is now a single parent to the 3-year-old daughter she had with tamerlan. her attorney says she didn't know her husband was a bombing suspect until she saw it on television.
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>> we are learning more about russell's husband and growing dissatisfaction with mainstream religion. three months before the marathon bombings, tamerlan tsarnaev, visited a cambridge mosque and shouted out after the speaker compared the prophet muhammad with martin luther king jr. in his first interview, he tells abc news how the congregation reacted. >> they just straight up shouted at him that, you need to leave, you know, so he stepped out of the sermon. after the sermon and prayers were done, some of the leaders of the center sat down with him and said, listen, you have a clear choice. either you're silent from now on during the sermons or you're not going to be welcome here. >> he says that wasn't tamerlan's only outburst. another time, he loudly objected when a speaker said it was appropriate to celebrate thanksgiving the same way one would celebrate the birthday of the prophet. >> some of the developments of the story, they're trickling out
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slowly. one of them is the fact that fbi questioned him when intelligence in russia asked them to. and they essentially dropped the ball. they lost track of him. >> didn't even realize he went there. >> determined he was not a threat. and then he went there for six months, they didn't know he had gone there because his name was misspelled on his ticket. >> also, tamerlan's roommate, couple years ago, he was -- there was a triple murder, that was a roommate of tamerlan's. now they're wondering did he have anything to do with the death of three people who had their throats slit. no connection yet. they're looking into it. >> they're looking into it now. not only throats slit. one was a roommate. they found marijuana and cash strewn on top of the body, never made an arrest. on social media, some of his former friends and some of the former friends of the three people who died are questioning whether or not he may have had anything to do with it. >> makes you wonder.
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we'll find out. >> sure does. canadian authorities say they have prevented a deadly terror attack in the making. two men are akigsed of plotting to blow up tracks and derail a passenger train from new york to toronto. police say the suspects had trains under surveillance. they were allegedly aiming to kill hundreds of people. it appears they weren't acting alone. >> the significance of this investigation was that it involved domestic attack planning being supported by al qaeda. >> now those al qaeda ties were traced to iran. authorities had been watching those men since last summer. they say the plot was foiled before it became operational. the fugitive who replaced osama bin laden on the fbi's most wanted list is now under arrest. former washington, d.c. elementary school teacher, eric justin toth was captured, in nicaragua, accused of producing child pornography. he was fired amid allegations that he hid a camera in the boys' toilet at the exclusive school where he taught third grade. air travelers bracing for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule.
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faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando.
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here's the confusing thing. the flights to washington, d.c., all seem to be delayed from miami. but but flight tracker here on faa website has no delays. 10% fewer air traffic controllers have to juggle the same planes in the air at the same time, about 5,000 of them. transportation secretary ray lahood called it a calamity. >> safety will never be compromised. safety is not involved in the decisions about who to furlough and when to do it. >> reporter: and it's not just passengers who are frustrated. >> everybody knows they need to keep the system up and running. we're going to do our very best to do so, but somebody's got to figure this out. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, back in line in orlando. >> that face said it all. >> poor matt. absolutely. now we to want take a look at a pageant where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. >> actually a few extra wrinkles, saggy cheeks and extra slobber may work in your favor. annual most beautiful bulldog competition at drake university
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in des moines. more than 45 pooches scrapping for the title of top dog. >> that's right. >> that top prize went to 4-year-old huckleberry. he dressed up as forrest gump. run, forrest, run! couldn't wait to dig into his dog-friendly cake. >> got to love the bulldog. he is too handsome. is that huckleberry? >> i want to see huckleberry dig into his cake. >> you have to have a really good underbite if you are a bull dog. >> underbite. sag, slobber. droopy eyes. >> drool. >> pretty good, diana. i'm convinced. now let me see you bark. >> woof-woof. >> that's a bulldog bark. there we go. coming up -- a little boy caught in the jaws of an alligator but this ends up being -- >> how his father teamed up with a brave stranger and they pulled off a rescue. a little boy loses a reminder of his deceased dad.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. listen, your story line, it makes for incredible tv drama. thing is, your drug use is too adult for the kids, so i'm going to have to block you. oh, man. yeah. [inhales] well, have a good one. you're a nice lady. ♪ see you later alligator ♪ after while crocodile ♪ see you later alligator ♪ after while crocodile >> yeah, most important word you hear from bill haley was the word alligator. one central to the next story. >> that's right. late last week what was suppose to be father/son time in florida turned into a nightmare. and the reason -- the alligator. it's not unusual for kids to have scratches from cats or bites from dogs, but how about scars from an alligator?
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for 6-year-old joey welch, those are no boo-boos. >> this is probably, the edge of his mouth. >> reporter: they're survival scars from the grip of an alligator's jaw. >> the alligator went, grabbed my arm. i couldn't get out. >> i immediately heard these shouts and these blood-curdling screams. i ran down the hill and i saw this gator that had his right arm in its jaw. >> reporter: last friday afternoon joey and his father were supposed to go canoeing in boynton beach. joey wandered a bit and stumbled to the water's edge. that's when joe's father heard his son screaming. >> i ran in the water. it was about waist deep. i had my son like this right here, because i didn't want to play tug-of-war with the alligator. i didn't want to get his arm ripped out. so while i'm doing that, i'm punching the alligator on top of the head hard as i could. >> reporter: joey was stuck when the good samaritan rushed over.
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>> the good samaritan kicked the gator underneath the belly, three or four times. i guess the gator decided after getting kicked and punched. he finally released and i was able to get my son and walk to shore. >> reporter: joey was rushed to a nearby hospital. remarkably with only minor injuries. like any 6-year-old would, he says he's glad his dad was there to help him out. >> of course. >> reporter: mom believes there was an angel watching over her son during that death-defying scare. >> why my son has an arm today, why he doesn't have puncture marks, it's a miracle. >> i know why. joey is one tough kid. >> of course, did you hear what he said, of course. >> i like his big wheel. in the old days they were orange and pink. >> he is running around. not a scratch on that child. you know what, in ten years he won't remember this happened. >> maybe charmed. one of the kids who will defy all daredevil stuff.
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>> the hospital where they took him in ft. lauderdale called it a miracle. i know you heard it. i wanted to emphasize this. >> gators roll, turn and turn, could have twisted it off. >> the alligator doesn't look big. when you factor that they twist around. >> he is not so big. >> right. an old shirt, tattered and torn, the most important part of the little boy's possessions. >> the shirt was lost on a plane and it took a team of good samaritans to get it back. you are watching
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♪ this shirt is a pillow for my head on a train through italy ♪ simply put, this is a great story. a little boy hanging onto the memory of his late father. >> hanging onto the memory means hanging onto a very special shirt. when that shirt was lost, the search, well it went that extra mile. reporter virginia cha of kgtv reports. >> reporter: this is 7-year-old, cole holzer and the nike shirt he holds means more than anything to him. >> it remind me of my dad. >> reporter: cole's dad died in a tragic accident. he fell putting up christmas lights. 4-year-old cole was inconsolable by hanging on to the shirt. >> he lays it out. sprays his dad's cologne on it.
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then he will cuddle up every night. sometimes they sing daddy's song to go to bed. >> reporter: cole and the shirt were inseparable. he even had it when his mom flew the family from north dakota here to san diego for a vacation last month. but in a rush to get off the plane, the shirt got left behind. >> he started screaming, i lost it. i can't find it. >> reporter: the family was driving away on the interstate. tonya's friend, kelly crewshea started working e-mail, facebook and the phone. she started calling delta. >> i cried on the phone. to the first lady. she cried back. >> reporter: word spread to pilots, ground crews, ticket agents. they were all looking for daddy's shirt. >> she was very emotional. she said, you know, we're going to start pulling the garbages from the planes. >> reporter: 30 minutes later kelly got a call. >> she said, kelly, we found it, we've got it.
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>> reporter: and made a little boy's day. >> they went through the garbage and found it. >> reporter: it may be torn and tattered, but to cole it is the comforting touch of his dad, a way for him to still be there for his little boy. >> you know, gave a piece of his dad back to him. >> virginia cha once again from kgtv. >> stor >> that is really a touching st we say it alltime >> thisneed reminded. feeling warm and fuzzy in. >> i sure am. >> i am, too. >> we'll be right back. . [ female announcer ] your smile.
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>> and it's going to air on tv after 10:00 eastern/9:00 central. we are purposely putting it in places where children will not see it. >> reporter: let's face it, probably already seen it. >> i can't wait to ship my pants, dad. >> reporter: people said they nearly shipped their pants laughing. but there is plenty outrage too. not impressed with your potty humor, read one facebook post. here is another -- if you have to stoop to shooting a commercial that isn't appropriate for my children to hear, then i think it's about time to shut your doors. >> i just shipped my bed. >> it is not really poking fun at any one person. there's younger people, older people. it's a real mix so everybody can get a good laugh. >> i just shipped my drawers. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> i like it. i like it a lot, as a matter of fact. >> anything you need to ship? >> i am shipping in my pants. as we speak. although they didn't use the i-n-g. >> i will ship my mug.
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this morning on "world news now" the case is building against the boston bombing suspect. officials reveal some of their evidence including where they say he learned to build a bomb. furlough frustration. less manpower in the control tower means long lines, delays and questions about safety in the skies. then the most famous person you probably never heard of. she's the seinfeld of youtube, entertaining the internet with the smallest details of her life. she has a billion views and counti counting. it's tuesday, april 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning. we begin with new details in the boston bombing case. dzhokhar tsarnaev is telling authorities he and his brother were motivated by their religious views and had no links to terrorism. >> tsarnaev has been formally charged with a federal crime in connection with the attack. abc's dan harris is in boston. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell abc news the young man seen on the surveillance tape, calmly walking through the crowd with a bomb in his bag, is now being cooperative with investigators. he has trouble speaking because of gunshot wounds to his neck, but he is communicating through writing, nodding his head and making short vocalizations. based on what he has told them, investigators are now convinced there are no more ongoing plots. and abc news has learned dzhokhar tsarnaev told investigators they learned to build a bomb on the internet. dzhokhar tsarnaev was officially
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charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. the complaint contains vivid new details about the chaotic events of last thursday night when the brothers tsarnaev allegedly carjacked a man. the victim describes one of the brothers getting in the car and saying, did you hear about the boston explosion? i did that. the victim says the brother then removed a magazine from his gun, displayed a bullet and said, i am serious. the victim later escaped when the brothers got out of the car at this gas station in cambridge. less than 24 hours later, police found dzhokhar tsarnaev hiding in a boat in a backyard in watertown, as seen in this extraordinary thermal video shot from a police helicopter. that white figure in the back of the boat, that is tsarnaev. >> all units, do not return fire. >> reporter: officers used the robotic arm to tear the cover off the boat. >> if they're able to successfully rip that off, he'll be fully exposed, okay? >> reporter: they threw a series
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of stun grenades. the explosions you see is not shrapnel. it is the thermal camera picking up the heat from the blast. these devices are not designed to injure but instead create temporary blindness and deafness for about two to eight seconds. after the first, a second, and then a third stun grenade. >> it's 175 decibels, but when it goes off next to you, it sounds like a volcano. >> reporter: after 25 minutes. tsarnaev surrendered. as of right now there are 48 of the injured being treated in the hospitals around the boston area. two in critical condition. all of them, doctors say, expected to survive. it is worth noting that dzhokhar tsarnaev, the suspect, is being treated in the hospital behind me in which several of his alleged victims are also being treated. dan harris, abc news, boston. and also learning much more about the older tsarnaev
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brother, tamerlan. his widow had no idea about the husband's deadly plot. the fbi wants to question katherine russell and her attorneys, a meeting is being arranged. prosecutors are investigating whether tamerlan was involved in a brutal murder of three young men, one of his roommates. today the city of boston will start to move toward normalcy. first comes the big job of decontaminating the bomb scene. the hope that boylston street can reopen later this week. the boston police department will begin returning personal property left behind in the aftermath of the bombing. today the mayor and governor will meet with kenneth feinberg the man charged with doling out funds to the boston victims. as you may remember, feinberg was the special master of the september 11th victim compensation fund. speaking of compensation funds, a very good one created yesterday by the governor and the mayor of boston, the one fund. it's a very good fund. >> already there is a cornerstone donation of $1 million. these are -- hopefully the money is going to go to the victims of
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the bombings. and what they want to do is just show support -- >> great shot. >> yeah, it is. they want to show their support. people want to do anything and everything they can for victims. this is one way. >> john hancock donating $1 million. basically the governor said this started almost immediately when they announced the fund. within an hour, businesses around boston and private individuals kribting. money will go toward psychological and physical victims of the marathon bombings. >> yeah. anything you can do to help. >> yeah. all right. let's talk about canadian authorities. they foiled a major terror plot targeting a passenger train from new york to toronto, and arrested and charged two men believed to be linked to al qaeda in iran. the plan was to blow up tracks, derail a train on an amtrak line that's used by more than 4 million people a year. >> had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured. >> suspects allegedly had trains already under surveillance in the toronto area. authorities had been watching them since last summer.
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they say they disrupted the plot before it could become operational. airline passengers will have to leave their knives, bats, golf clubs at home after a storm of criticism, the tsa has decided to delay a change in policy that would have allowed passengers to carry those items on board. flight attendants, air marshals and top lawmakers denounced a change as a risk to air safety. >> not surprised. does it seem strange the tsa was the only one that thought it was a good idea to let people have knives on a plane? nobody else does. >> absolutely not. passengers, people protecting passengers all said, come on, guys. >> knives on a plane? in this day and age >> like snakes on the plane. >> not a good idea. air travelers across the country are in for another day of flight delays as the faa scrambles to make do with fewer air traffic controllers. delays piled up yesterday, because federal budget cuts have resulted in agencywide ed furloughs at the faa. airports in new york, washington, los angeles among those that fell behind schedule.
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but officials say they have no choice. >> everybody knows you need to keep the system up and running. we are going to do our very best to do so. but someone has to figure this out. >> air traffic controllers are being forced to take unpaid vacation day off every other week. the faa says it could cause 90 minute delays on 7,000 flights every day. president obama is among those expected to attend a memorial service thursday for victims of the texas fertilizer explosion. families got their first look at damage to their homes on the outskirts of the blast zone. some of them devastated to find pets lost, but hoping to at least pick up the pieces and rebuild. 14 people died in the explosion. 12 of them first responders. two residents of an apartment complex also died. much of the midwest, record floodwaters have started to recede in some spots. but others still face significant risk. the water-logged village of fox lake, about 55 miles from chicago, virtually impassable. it's expected to stay that way for several more days.
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water levels are so high, some residents reported seeing carp swimming in their driveways. pull out the fishing pole. in south dakota, snow was the problem. up to a foot of it in some areas. it wasn't that light, flakey stuff either. it was heavy, wet snow that was tough to shovel up. good news, forecasters are saying this was probably the last big storm of the season. >> aren't we about to hit may? >> i think so, right. >> yikes. two years after a sexting scandal cost him his job. anthony weiner is back on twitter. it was this half-naked picture that you may remember that led to the downfall of the former new york congressman and democratic rising star. his first post on the new account was decidedly unsexy. it was just a link to a 20-page policy statement outlining 64 ideas to keep new york city the capital of the middle class. >> shouldn't the first post have been, he's back? oh, boy. >> oh, boy. >> can you imagine? you got to be gutsy to go right back after that, right? >> i'm sure with the blessing of his wife, who, by the way, stuck by him through all of that.
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>> she sure did. bless her heart. >> quite the soul. if you were with us 24 hours ago, we told you how baseball wasn't very kind to the houston astros. this morning we can show you how hockey isn't being kind to the new jersey devils. >> in their game against florida over the weekend, gionta of the devils is checked into the panthers' bench. gee whiz. did you see that? on the way out rudely pushed back on the ice. watch this. that is a cheap shot. >> that's not cool. seems unsportsmanlike. still no penalty was called. not very kind. >> watch. he gets up, looks at the guy. the guy has a big grin on his face like -- anyway. >> that's not cool. >> it's hockey, you know. >> well, there was no penalty called. i think the question is, why not? >> call a penalty. unsportsmanlike. >> the guy, 70 -- >> want to see it again. is he looking? not looking? he saw it. >> he's looking. he's actually a linesman. i don't know much about hockey. i'm ashamed to admit this.
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he's a linesman, not a referee -- >> they're not allowed to call? >> which is to say he doesn't assess penalties. >> i didn't know that either. >> well, there you go. i don't know. i don't know. no matter what, he should have gone over to the referee and said, did you see what happened? i did. coming up, we'll return to the latest coverage on the boston bombings. >> more on the background of tamerlan tsarnaev and why investigators are looking into whether he's linked to a triple murder several years ago. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. fe insurance. >> oh, what's that? >> it's an ad for the colonial penn patriot program, offering up to $50,000 of life insurance. you know, we could really use more coverage. says there are a few simple health questions and you don't have to take a physical. it should be pretty easy to apply. ♪
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welcome back. resuming our coverage of the boston attacks now with more details about tamerlan tsarnaev. >> he was killed in a shootout with police early last friday morning. since then information about his life has been trickling out. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: federal authorities were searching behind a cambridge drugstore in an area where the brothers' father used to repair cars, looking for possible explosives or where the bombs were made. so far there is no evidence of a continuing threat. the fbi also wants to question tamerlan's wife, seen over the
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weekend leaving the family apartment. a rhode island native, she converted to islam and changed her name from katherine to karenna. because she lived in the same cambridge apartment where authorities believe the two brothers hatched their plot, she could provide clues about whether others were involved. her family issued a statement saying, we know that we never really knew tamerlan tsarnaev. and now there is a possible link to a murder two years ago. local prosecutors said they're investigating whether tamerlan was involved in the brutal murder of three young men, one of whom was his roommate. the three were found with their throats slashed, covered in marijuana and cash. also under investigation, the six-month trip that tamerlan took last year to russia at a time that rebel groups there carried out a number of violent attacks. as abc's reporter discovered in the dagestan region. >> last year alone dagestan lost 115 police officers in nearly 300 terror attacks. just two years ago this street was obliterated by a car bomb.
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>> reporter: investigators want to know if tamerlan met with any of the notoriously fierce extremist leaders there. tamerlan was a changed man when he returned to the u.s., swearing off tobacco and alcohol, linking to extremist jih jihadist videos saying, i don't have any american friends. i don't understand them. a neighbor said he expressed anger about america and christianity. >> he said the bible is cheap copy of the koran. he said most american wars are excused with the bible. >> reporter: the mother of the two brothers told abc news from russia that tamerlan was always the leader of her two boys and that after the bombing, he called her to say, everything is okay, thanks to allah. authorities say the initial assessment now is this is not something ordered from chechnya or al qaeda, more the twisted thinking of a radicalized young man whose only real help was his younger brother. brian ross, abc news, boston.
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>> there's also word from the mosque that the older brother went to in the boston area where he had outbursts at least two times during sermons, which is considered, you know, unthinkable that you'd pipe out during a sermon, you know, disrespectful. twice he had incidents at his own mosque. >> that's right. i think we are going to circle back to his six-month trip to russia, because apparently even the russian intelligence had told the fbi, we're a little concerned about this guy. the fbi questioned him, questioned neighbors and determined he was no threat and determined there was no follow-up needed. and they essentially dropped the ball. they didn't even know he had gone back to russia for the six-month trip because his name was misspelled in the flight manifesto, which means they had completely lost tabs on him and then this falls in their laps, essentially. >> so many questions. the triple murder a few years ago of his roommate. fascinating stuff. >> right.
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a triple murder. three people dead. the details of that just now emerging. nobody has been caught. now they're trying to link or say it may be linked to him. >> we shall see. up next, we will try to lighten the mood a little bit. i can't say the word. we're going to tell you about a hot new internet star. >> yeah, she doesn't sing. doesn't dance. keeps her clothes on. what's up with that? she has millions of twitter followers and billions -- or 1 billion, anyway, views on youtube. jenna marbles said her popularity is, quote, ridiculous. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ when i grow up i want to be famous i want to be a star ♪ ♪ i want to grow up see the world ♪ all right. welcome back, everyone. here's an admission for you. when we considered putting this next story on the air, a few staff member, myself included, i can admit it, had no idea who the subject of this next story was.
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>> suffice to say they were the older people in the house. the younger folks, some of them knew about jenna marbles. thanks to abc's cecelia vega, you do too. >> reporter: she might just be the most famous person you've never heard of. >> i'm going to tell you what i've been doing lately. >> reporter: meet jenna marbles. at 26, jenna has more than 1 billion -- that's billion with a "b" -- youtube followers, more facebook fans than jennifer lawrence, more instagram fans than oprah. and all for making videos about, well, nothing. >> now you're a land shark. >> reporter: this was her very first video. >> how to trick people into thinking you're really good looking. >> reporter: it went viral. more than 1 million views in one weekend. what's it like watching those numbers climb and climb and climb? >> it's crazy. >> reporter: once a week she makes a new video on everything from how to put on makeup while you're drunk to a day in the life of jenna. ♪ in the shower in the shower ♪ >> reporter: i wish i was counting the amount of times you
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use the word ridiculous in this interview. >> this video is ridiculous. ridiculous. ridiculous. redid ridiculous. >> reporter: is that your takeaway from what you put out there? >> well, i mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. it's ridiculous that people watch it. what i put out on the internet is ridiculous, so, yeah. >> reporter: her fans love it. they are, after all, mostly teens. some even younger. >> she's the best video person in the world. >> reporter: some parents don't think so. they complain about all that talk of sex, the drinking. >> ah. >> reporter: and the language. >> i bleached the absolute [ bleep ] out of my hair. really just a [ bleep ] weirdo. do you know what's on the internet? this is like baby stuff. >> reporter: do you think you deserve to have as many fans as you do? >> the amount of people that have found it entertaining is ridiculous. >> reporter: cecelia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> ridiculous. >> i have --
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>> identify never seen her either. >> i have no idea what to do with that. >> i have to ask my 9-year-old if she knows about all of this. >> ms. marbles. >> my 9-year-old says epic, not ridiculous. i don't know. >> maybe if i were 14, i would get it. >> listen, she's going to have a tv show before it's all over. with a billion views? >> we are in the wrong industry. let's start making youtube videos. >> let's do it. ustry. let's start making youtube videos. >> let's do it. t's start making youtube videos. >> let's do it. the grand canyon cactus flower
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somebody. they asked him to donate. in fact, he says yes. and he is going to donate, but it means he won't be able to finish out the track season. he's going to undergo the procedure at massachusetts general hospital in boston. he won't be able to lift anything over 20 pounds for weeks. he will forfeit the remainder of his collegiate career to help someone out who matches. >> that is incredible. >> how about that? good for him. >> good for him. god will bless him. good for him. this is a very important anniversary in case you didn't know. eighth anniversary of youtube. >> really? eight years ago. >> eight years ago this guy right here. >> that's the first one? >> that's the first one. he was at the san diego zoo. he essentially says, meet me at the zoo, and then a couple other things, with the elephants behind him. that is the very first youtube video ever, ever. >> the neil armstrong of youtube? >> yes, first man on youtube. there you go. >> eight years ago. >> eight years ago today. and also, we have a really interesting -- every once in a
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while someone will upload a video of someone who has just come out of the dentist and a little disoriented. this is the latest one. this is hannah, who happens to think that she is a more famous hannah. >> i told you i was hannah montana. >> my hannah banana? you're hannah montana? >> yeah. >> okay. you're the singer? okay. >> she's clearly -- >> why is she crying? she doesn't know. she's hannah montana, for crying out loud. >> she is hannah montana. her name is hannah. she is trying to convince her mother she is hannah montana. her mom is trying to tell her, no, you're my hannah banana. she goes on to say, i don't want to deal with the paparazzi outside. >> got to love it. >> if you remember, there were a couple more -- >> the kid in the backseat of the car. that was a great one. >> backseat of the car. another older girl like this who was upset. she thought her wisdom teeth
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were mad at her for being pulled out. >> we got to get some of that stuff. >> i know, these are cute. >> men are more romantic than women, at least that's the study coming out of the uk. it found 48% of men say they have fallen in love at first sight. 28% of women claim the same thing. >> i wonder why men are claiming that.
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this morning on "world news now" -- plot foiled. police in canada say they have stopped a plan by two men backed by al qaeda to blow up passenger trains. then the latest on the investigation into the bombings in boston. the surviving suspect is opening up. we will tell you some of the new details he is providing about the attacks. plus, a long winter becomes a soggy spring. communities in the midwest dealing with devastating and deadly floods. we'll show you how homeowners are doing battling mother nature. and the disgraced democrat whose sexting scandal cost him
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his congressional seat has taken to twitter once again. what anthony weiner is using his 140 characters to say this time. it's tuesday, april 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. we are going to begin with terror stopped in its tracks. two men are under arrest accused of taking aim at unsuspecting train passengers. >> the suspects were picked up in canada and officials say they have been linked to al qaeda in iran. abc's pierre thomas has the very latest. >> reporter: the deadly plot to derail a busy passenger train en route from new york to toronto. murdering hundreds. >> had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured. >> reporter: the target, an amtrak passenger line that partners with canada's via rail. thousands of people use the targeted route from new york's penn station to toronto every year. and the service crosses one of the most spectacular bridges in north america.
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sources tell abc news the plan involved planting bombs to blow up tracks and derail the trains. >> by derailing a train they were actually -- we were looking at a real threat to kill people, hurt people. >> reporter: the two arrested suspects had allegedly begun surveillance of trains in the toronto area, but authorities had been watching them since august of last year and the plot was disrupted before it became operational. here is one of the suspects in handcuffs, escorted by police. and an unexpected twist. canadian authorities claim there is a link to al qaeda and iran. >> the significance of this investigation was that it involved domestic attack planning being supported by al qaeda. >> reporter: it's part of al qaeda's playbook. documents obtained from osama bin laden's secret compound revealed he had been urging followers to derail a train in the u.s. to kill passengers. so far there is no indication this plot is tied to boston. pierre thomas, abc news,
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washington. now to the boston bombing case. a major step in the long legal journey involving suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> the 19-year-old charged with a federal crime, which brings the ultimate punishment. abc's marci gonzalez joining us this morning from boston with more. marci. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. we've learned that at his bedside arraignment, the suspect said just one word. when asked if he could afford an attorney, he replied no. among the charges, 19-year-old suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev learned he now faces one count of using a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a potential maximum sentence of death. we've learned despite the injury to his neck, he is cooperating with investigators, writing his answers to at least some of their questions. sources tell abc news, among the details he has provided is that he and his brother learned how to make bombs from the internet. >> it was his brother, the primary motivating force for him to become radicalized. why did they end up doing what
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they did on that day? >> reporter: much of the investigation is still focused on his deceased 26-year-old brother tamerlan. examining his life, his recent trip back to russia, as some question whether the fbi did enough to monitor him after they questioned him two years ago. >> they investigated it thoroughly and did not find terrorist activity domestic or foreign. >> reporter: as the street where two bombs killed three people and injured more than 200 others is handed over from the fbi to the city of boston for the ongoing investigation, the city and much of the nation paused for a moment of silence, held at 2:50 yesterday afternoon, marking the exact time the bombs went off near the finish line of the boston marathon one week ago. we are told that tsarnaev will not be tried as enemy combatant. instead he will eventually stand trial in federal court because he is an american citizen. john, diana. >> marci gonzalez, thank you. we are learning more about
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dzhokhar's brother, tamerlan, and his growing dissatisfaction with mainstream religion. three months ago during a visit to his mosque in cambridge, he shouted out after a speaker compared prophet muhammad with martin luther king jr. in an interview with abc news, the mosque spokesman explains how the congregation reacted. >> they just straight up shouted at him that, you need to leave. so he stepped out of the sermon and after the sermon was finished and prayers were done, some of the leaders of the center sat down with him and said, listen, you have a clear choice. either you're silent, you know, from now on during the sermons or you're not going to be welcome here. >> he also adds that in another mosque outburst from tamerlan, he loudly objected when a speaker said it was appropriate to celebrate thanksgiving the same way one would celebrate the birthday of the prophet. vice president joe biden will attend a memorial service for m.i.t. officer sean collier in boston tomorrow.
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48 survivors are still recovering in the hospital. two of them still in critical condition, but everyone is expected to survive. among those in critical condition is transit officer wounded in last week's shooting. first responders who jumped into action after the boston marathon bombings are receiving tokens of appreciation from around the country, mostly in the form of pizza. companies and ordinary people donating pizza and other food through the website, randomactsofpizza.com. everything is being delivered to boston area police, fbi agents, doctors, nurses, all to say thank you for a job well done. that's pretty much how they reward us in the newsroom as well, pizza. and we don't mind. >> we don't mind. it was kind of a curse last week. we got pizza for the west texas explosion. >> working hard on thursday -- >> and then friday happened. >> so the next time we see pizza, we better hold onto our seats. >> run in the opposite direction. we don't want anything to do with pizza for sure. not for the next couple months. just touching on boston for a moment, on top of the pizza there's also this -- the one
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fund boston which has been created. it was set up yesterday. it's essentially a place where people can donate money because everybody wants to help out. the governor has said in moments like this we are one state, one city, one people. mayor menino, the mayor of boston, said within an hour of the fund being set up there was an outpouring of people already calling. >> $1 million donation from john hancock. and then everybody else followed suit. that's great. >> it really is. >> city of boston trying to get back to normal today, so a lot of -- hopefully boylston street can reopen later in the week, decontaminate the area. >> everybody wants to get back to normal. >> five people have died following a shooting at an apartment complex near seattle. police say a man shot his live-in girlfriend to death and killed three men, including a neighbor who told others to call 911. the 28-year-old suspect was shot and killed in a parking lot by responding police officers. legendary singer richie havens has died more than four decades after he captivated crowds at woodstock. diana remembers, she was there.
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the brooklyn-born performer was on at the '69 festival but he ended up singing and playing guitar for three hours straight because the next act hadn't shown up. probably the best thing that ever happened. havens released 25 albums including the breakthrough "mixed bag." he died of a heart attack in his new jersey home. richie havens was 72 years old. >> little known fact. a little folklore for you so don't quote me on it, but apparently that song "extra time," ad libed. >> yeah, right. he was just in the zone, right? >> just in the zone. he had all this time to essentially soak up because the next act never showed up so he just kind of went out there and -- >> where did you get that factoid? that's a good one. >> maybe i watch a little television every once in a while. that isn't abc. >> did you see that documentary "wo "woodstock"? if you haven't, you should check it out. it's a good one. >> i have. that's how i want to woodstock. >> me too. however, i was 3, so i was on the planet. concert-goers in argentina got an unexpected treat as they gathered in the middle of the
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night to watch a local band. >> as the band performed at an outdoor venue, they were interrupted by an unplanned, light show. a spectacular streak of light believed to be a meteor, the colorful fire ball lit up the night sky. there are reports it was seen 250 miles away. >> what's the deal with meteors lately? i mean, wow. you know what it is? it's just everybody has a camera these days. that's the deal. they've always been there, now everybody has a camera. >> you said that would be cool album cover. >> smoke on the water. fire in the sky. classic rock 'n' roll theme we have got going. >> perfect. perfect. coming up -- a mess in the midwest. >> the snow has finally melted. but in many places that is no welcome sight. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. hey, it's sara. i'm going pro.
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all right. for the next story, remember there arasons wh for the next story, just remember there are reasons the masters golf tournament is played at augusta national golf club in georgia and not the gross national club in minneapolis. the simple reason of course, this year is the snow. it is april 23rd and most of gross national is still covered. groundkeepers say even after the last of the snow is gone it could be weeks, because the greens and fairways have to dry out. well, south of there, plenty of rain and melting snow are only adding to flooding fears across the midwest. rain is in the forecast again
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today from wisconsin to missouri and for towns along already flooded waterways, that is nothing but bad news. abc's alex perez is in flood zones. >> reporter: streets turned to rivers. canoes, kayaks the only way around as water rose higher and higher. even the fish sought refuge. spring in the midwest has given way to an all-out race against time to sandbag and hold the rising rivers. three people have been killed. as cars were swept away by raging floodwaters. one indiana county saw 11 emergency rescues in a single night. here in clarksville, missouri, the water is as high as the stop signs in some areas. they have been working round the clock using thousands of sandbags to build a fortress around the town. more than 500 people, even inmates, volunteering in the town of just 477 to keep the water out. >> this might be the end. but we're going to fight like crazy to keep that from happening. >> reporter: and for the most part the sandbags have kept most of the town dry.
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but the mayor says this battle isn't over. >> businesses are already closed. and it will be a long time before we totally recover. >> reporter: and the forecast, the next 48 hours is ominous. more heavy rains. bracing for it, grand rapids, michigan, where at times boats outnumbered cars. and a state of emergency is already in effect. and more misery expected in peoria, illinois, where floodwaters have caused landslides and damaged homes. and even when the rain ends, there is still the threat of more water from melting snow. alex perez, abc news, clarksville, missouri. >> heartbreaking. heartbreaking stuff. >> yeah, the sandbags, even the volunteers and prison inmates have been putting up, it's 6,000 tons of sand and gravel. we're talking about a lot of material. they're hopeful it is going to hold all that walter. >> meteorologists are saying it might be a good thing that the snow is melting slowly this year. >> that's right. >> because it is sort of letting
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the rivers thin out a little bit. if it all melts at once, god forbid, right. >> they have enough water to deal with. could you imagine more water from up north coming down to flood them even more? good luck to them for sure. coming up next, anthony weiner takes to twitter again. and the fallout from reese witherspoon's arrest. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome to "the skinny." it's now also time to welcome somebody that's kind of been lost in the world of twitter, if you know what i mean. >> maybe for a good thing. >> maybe for a good thing. actually, for a very good thing. anthony weiner back on twitter, this is the new york congressman who lost his congressional seat back in 2011 because he was sending some questionable tweets to some female twitter followers. there he is.
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his tweets, though, were of him seminaked, if you will. so anyway he is now eyeing a run for the mayor of new york. he has rejoined twitter. this happened monday. he has a new handle which is @anthonyweiner. and he's very -- his tweets are decidedly unsexy, as we've said. >> probably a good idea. >> yeah. he basically tweeted a link to his publication, keys to the city, 64 ideas to keep new york the capital of the middle class. trying to make a break from his former name, repweiner, the name when he tweeted the questionable pictures. clean break from that. his old account had 67,000 followers. his new account, getting steam. 3,000 so far. so, if you want to hear from anthony weiner, follow his new twitter. >> i'm new on twitter and i still don't know how to attach a picture yet. maybe you can show me that later, but note to self, no topless photos of john on twitter.
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>> that is lesson number one from anthony weiner. >> and no twittering when under the influence. >> correct, also. which segues into the next story. reese witherspoon, canceled appearances on "gma" and also "jimmy fallon," obviously this follows what happened on friday. an unfortunate moment for her and her husband. she got a disorderly conduct arrest. her husband got charged with driving under the influence when they were pulled over. she apparently was not pleased that the police pulled over her husband and she kept on getting out of the car, allegedly, and that's when they arrested her. you know,ist an interesting move. you're embarrassed, don't really want to talk about it. she said a good statement. she apologized profusely said all the right things in the statement. so you wonder if maybe she should go on the talk shows. let everybody have their laugh. and just say, i blew it, like she said in her statement. >> i blew it. it's going to be the first question of your interview, then you get to talk about all your movies anyway. you go out there -- everybody loves her anyway.
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she's the sweetheart of america. >> god bless "gma" but if i was in those shoes, i would at least go on the comedic shows, at least -- they're going to laugh at you, as opposed to, what were you thinking? that's more embarrassing. >> you are right. speaking of embarrassing -- kind of a little bit -- khloe kardashian fired from the "x factor." she was a co-host. anyway, 28-year-old reality star is not returning for season three. mario lopez, the two of them together, he will be back. fox producers said in a statement, she will not be returning as co-host. we really enjoyed working with her. wish her the best in the future. so, john, you watch. i do not. you might be able to attest to this. apparently, her lack of training kind of showed apparently on the show. she appeared nervous, unprepared, a little unsure what to do with live television. >> listen to me -- i thought some of the wardrobe choices were a little questionable. but i tell you what, what a sweetheart my daughter is, i'm on a tangent here, every time i would scream something at the tv
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and removes stains so they don't come back. trust resolve. forget stains. finally this half hour, a story of inspiration stemming from the violence in boston. that's what makes this our "favorite story of the day." >> it involves a woman who lost part of her leg but none of her spirit. abc's gio benitez spoke with her. >> reporter: a smiling dancer graces the cover of "the boston herald" with her husband, a u.s. airman, just back from
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afghanistan. adrianne haslet-davis and her husband adam were at the boston marathon watching from the sidelines when the bombs went off. >> he got up and then i said, wait, my foot hurts. he held up my foot and we both screamed bloody murder. i didn't feel heat from it. i just felt air and then i fell to the ground. >> reporter: the blast had torn off adrianne's foot. it's a huge loss for this ball room dance instructor at arthur murray studios, but she hasn't lost her spirit. >> it's very sad. i absolutely want to dance again. >> reporter: this doctor says modern prosthetic technology is so advanced, she will. so, doctor, a lot of victims are telling me, you know what, i will walk again. they can? >> they can. if they were walking before they had their amputation, we can have them walk again. much depends on the level of
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their amputation. and all of it depends on what their goals and objectives are. >> reporter: and we have seen just how impressive these prosthetics can be. our own diane sawyer, interviewed amy mullens, both her legs amputated as a young girl. she later not only competed in the paralympics, but became a model. whether dancing or running, the doctor says modern prosthetic technology is so advanced, adrianne will get back on that dance floor. >> i just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that may seem like the end of the world and come out stronger. >> determined,ke treso city, to get bafeet gio benitez, abc news, boston. >> hers is just one of the many stories i know we are going to continue to hear about what happened in boston. and she says, next year, not only will she be dancing, sh
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>> not ly tse's a hon ly tse's she doesn't consir can you imagin she has a goal n heal, learn to use the prosthetic and run a marathon. >> she'll do it. >> you know, you can tell. >>
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this morning, the brains behind the bombing. new details emerge, as investigators meet with the boston bombing suspect. what he is revealing about the killer plot as more memorials are held overnight. and train terror. the al qaeda-linked plot to kill passengers on a route used by millions every year. how it was uncovered. and the frightening links to iran. the midwest flood zone. where the rivers keep rising. and the anchorman's mistake. the shortest career in broadcasting now gone viral. and overnight, the late-night
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comics just couldn't resist. good tuesday morning, everybody. we begin with boston's return to normalcy. >> today, more of the blast scene will reopen to traffic. and police begin returning personal items left behind. >> overnight, a glowing sign of the city's unity. a unit number 1 illuminating the prudential center, representing the 1 fund. >> let's begin with devin dwyer and what investigators are now revealing. good morning, devin. >> reporter: good morning diana and john. authorities are learning details on how this attack was carried out. but authorities this morning are still searching for why. this morning, the accused teenage terrorist behind the boston bombings had the right to remain silent. now, formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. but authorities say the 19-year-old dzhokhar tsaranev
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wounded in the neck, with limited ability to speak, has started to answer questions, reportedly telling agents he built the pressure cooker bombs almost entirely from the internet, with no direction from terrorists overseas. >> i would characterize it as really self-radicalization. these are individuals who may have some connections overseas. but the primary radicalization is in places like the united states. >> reporter: still, authorities believe the attack may have been inspired by al qaeda and the preaches of anwar al awlaki. investigators are focused on dzhokhar's older brother tamerlan, who was killed thursday night, as the possible brains behind the attack. of particular interest, his trip to russia last year. one neighbor said he returned more extreme. >> he said that the bible is a cheap copy off the koran. he said that most american wars are the excuse of the bible. >> reporter: boston is beginning to mov